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Furla VIII
Furla Graphic Project 2011
Christian Boltanski
Furla Graphic Project 2011

Edition 2011 - Pleure qui peut, rit qui veut



Exhibition of the finalist projects: from 29 January 2011 to 6 February 2011

Place: Pepoli Palace, Bologna

Five finalists: Alis/Filliol, Francesco Arena, Rossella Biscotti, Matteo Rubbi, Marinella Senatore

Winner: Matteo Rubbi

Curator of the Award: Chiara Bertola

Selectors: Lorenzo Bruni (Critic and free-lance Curator) and Carson Chan (Co-director of Program, Berlin); Cecilia Canziani (Head of programming Nomas Foundation, Rome) and Vincent Honoré (Curator and Head of collection David Roberts Art Foundation, London); Alfredo Cramerotti (Co-curator of Manifesta 8, Murcia&Cartagena, Spain and Curator of Quad, Derby, UK) and Emily Pethick (Director of Showroom, London); Vincenzo De Bellis (Director of Peep-Hole, Milan) and Philippe Pirotte (Director of Kunsthalle, Berlin); Simone Menegoi (Critic and free-lance Curator) e Marianne Lanavère (Director of La Galerie, Noisy-Le Sec, Paris).

International Jury: Christian Boltanski (Special Guest Artist of the Award), Stefano Chiodi (Historian and Art critic), Vít Havránek (Director of Tranzit Display Gallery, Prague), Jörg Heiser (Critic and Associate Editor of Frieze), Miguel Von Hafe Pérez (Director of CGAC, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

Graphic project: Christian Boltanski

The slogan of the special guest of the eighth edition of the Furla Award, Christian Boltanski, "Pleure qui peut, rit qui veut" (Whoever can, they cry, whoever want, they laugh) is extracted from a Chinese saying introducing Jacques Demy's film Lola of 1961. The image suggested is taken from his gouache in 1974: La vie c'est gaie, la vie c'est triste.

Boltanski's image represents both the polarities, like in a Cartesian diagram: laghing and crying, but also will and power at the same time. This swing does not follow life.... something that does not aim to be decided and decisive forever.


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